We were almost convinced it was a spoof when we stumbled upon the following video.
Entitled ‘Go For Africa’ the video features a number of Dutch people loading a sea container with old stuff and scraps of iron. Destination: Africa. The video starts off with two volunteers explaining what they’re doing and what they’re loading.
Very early on project leader Jan explains the aim of the project while we see the actual objects that are being sent. Like a 50-year-old Polish turning lathe. “In Africa they will be really happy with it,” Jan explains. Or a sewing machine because “that’s a complete income for a family over there.”
The following 4 minutes of the video is comedic footage of the truck getting stuck in the snow whilst picking up the container for Africa.
We don’t doubt the good intentions of the people behind ‘Go For Africa’, but their ideas of Africa show there’s some work to do in the Netherlands too.